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Ulver - Lyckantropen Themes - reviewed by: Souldestroyer

Track ListingAll Untitled
9 tracks
Remember the days when Ulver came out with Madrigal, Bergtatt and Kveldssanger? Yeah so do I.

I just want to know, WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?????

Madrigal was considered one of Black Metal's shining masterpieces. Supposedly recorded in the middle of the forest, it had the rawest sound to ever come out. Love it or hate it, it pioneered what once was. Now on to the Themes.

This Cd should be classified as "Music for metalheads to relax to". It seems as if Trickster G is exploring new tunes for the mind. Expanding. Broadening. I really like this album. After listening to Metal all damn day, one could really use this to just sit back and think. Given bad reviews from the metal press because of the shear fact that the metal world is looking at Ulver thinking the same thing that I once did, what happened? Instead we should be looking at how this is a aural journey into the mind and how genius and beautiful it is.

So to those who think Ulver has lost their roots, Ulver has only merely removed themselves from the status quo of being metal and created their own sound.

rating 8 out of 10

---Souldestroyer 03.07.03
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Lyckantropen ThemesUlver
2002
Nate Turpin3/6/2003


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